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New Mexicans Encouraged To Ride Public Transit And Dump The Pump June 21

on June 17, 2018 - 7:11am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
 
To encourage New Mexicans to do their part, transit agencies from throughout northern and central New Mexico will converge 6-9 a.m., June 21, at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe, for coffee, donuts and giveaways.
 
Come join NM Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District (Blue Bus), NMDOT Park & Ride, Rio Metro

Lane Closure/Flagging Operation On Todd Loop Today

on June 14, 2018 - 8:00am
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will partially close Todd Loop today in White Rock.
 
A flagging operation will commence 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while crews close a section of road for repairs.
 
Please slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.

Soaring Gas Prices Lead Drivers To 'Dump The Pump'

on June 13, 2018 - 9:08am
APTA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Gasoline prices are on the rise, which sets the stage for more people to participate June 21 in this year’s annual Dump the Pump Day.
 
Public transportation agencies nationwide will be encouraging commuters in their community to try public transit to avoid high gas prices.
 
The average annual savings is $10,160 for a person who switches his or her daily commute from driving to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report.

U.S. Sen. Udall Advances Amendment To Ensure Southwest Chief Has Access To Federal Funding

on June 9, 2018 - 5:51pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced his bipartisan amendment to help ensure Amtrak’s Southwest Chief can continue to access federal funding for critical repair work.
 
The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup.
 
In March, members of the New Mexico delegation announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) had awarded New

Bandelier Offers Beauty, History, Great Day Outdoors

on June 7, 2018 - 8:38am
Young visitors at Bandelier climb a ladder to a cavate. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A shady spot near the Bandelier Visitor Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bandelier National Monument offers a great day out for old and young despite Stage III fire restrictions in the area. Although the back country is closed, the Main Loop, Falls, Alcove House, Frey, Tsankawi and Burnt Mesa trails remain open.

Diamond Drive North And South Pedestrian Overpass Closure June 11-25

on June 6, 2018 - 8:25am

COUNTY News:

The North and South Pedestrian Overpasses on Diamond Drive will be closed for a resurfacing project starting June 11 and will re-open June 25.

This project will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic. Pedestrians wishing to cross Diamond Drive should utilize the crosswalks.

Those who use the North Overpass should cross at the Sandia Drive crosswalk. Those who use the South Overpass should cross at the Canyon Road crosswalk.

Motorists are urged to drive safely through this section as pedestrian traffic will increase through these crosswalks.

Registration Underway For Annual Los Alamos Middle School Spring Break Trip To Washington, D.C.

on June 5, 2018 - 6:48am
Los Alamos 8th graders visit Washington, D.C. during a previous trip to Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News;

Registration is now underway for next year’s Los Alamos Middle School’s 8th grade spring break trip to Washington D.C.

This trip has been a Los Alamos student tradition for more than years. Sign up before June 15 to receive the Early Bird discount and travel at last year’s trip price.

Call Worldstrides at 1.800.468.5899 to register. Use trip code 160851. Call Roberta Cocking at 505.670.0679, with questions and or see Facebook, LAMS Washington DC Trip to see this year’s and

Governor Declares June Great Outdoors Month

on June 3, 2018 - 7:05am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez has declared June as Great Outdoors Month in New Mexico.
 
Great Outdoors Month was established to help Americans celebrate the educational, economic and health benefits of active, fun, outdoor activities through a month of events that include National Trails Day, National Marina Day and the Great American Campout.
 
“I’m thrilled to once again declare June as Great Outdoors Month in our beautiful Land of Enchantment,” Martinez said.

Watch For Walkers On Truck Route Thursday June 7

on June 1, 2018 - 10:29am

PFV News:

A pilgrimage of 40 to 50 women will walk on West Jemez Road around noon Thursday, June 7 to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road, where they will stay for the night. 

The group will continue the walk at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, June 8 to San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution through this area.

RTD 255 Mountain Trail Suspended Effective Friday

on May 31, 2018 - 2:56pm

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that service on its RTD 255 Mountain Trail route will be suspended until further notice due to the closures of the Santa Fe National Forest and Hyde State Park, effective 8 a.m. Friday, June 1.

The RTD will provide notification as service resumes.

The RTD “Blue Bus” 255 Mountain Trail provides service from points throughout downtown Santa Fe up Hyde Park Road through Hyde State Park and into the Santa Fe National Forest.

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Holy Ghost Canyon Road Closes For Repairs

on May 25, 2018 - 5:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For public safety reasons, Forest Road 122 of Holy Ghost Canyon will close to vehicle access primarily for major road repairs beginning May 30.
 
The gate to the Holy Ghost Canyon will close to the public for about three weeks, which places the anticipated reopening around mid-June.
 
The Holy Ghost Campground, Trailhead and Group Area is located in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and will be inaccessible by vehicle during the closure period.    
 
“Safety is our top priority, therefore any member of the public

NCRTD Memorial Day Holiday Closure; 255 RTD Mountain Trail To Operate

on May 23, 2018 - 11:03am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
 
The exception will be the 255 RTD Mountain Trail to the Santa Fe National Forest which will be in operation that day.
 
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española

Los Alamos Hillstrummers Attend 2018 Ukefest

on May 23, 2018 - 6:25am

Sixteen members of the Los Alamos Hillstrummers Ukulele group attended the 2018 Las Cruces Ukefest last weekend, attending workshops and jam sessions conducted by nationally known instructors. Back row from left, Dan Gerth, Joeilla Forman, Sabin Shurter and Ruth Lier. Middle row from left, Irene Powell, Darlene Potter, Yvonne Trujillo, Diane Little, Elise Lee, Linnea Ohlsson, Gerry Ohlsson and Greg Rand. Front row from left, Doris Ford, Patricia Rathbone, Jeanette Mortensen and Chris Rand. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Participates In Click It Or Ticket And Seatbelt Awareness Initiative

on May 21, 2018 - 12:41pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE ― Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the kick off to the National Click It or Ticket seatbelt crackdown, which runs through June 3.
 
Additionally today, New Mexico law enforcement agencies will partner with agencies across the nation for a one-day national seat belt awareness event – called Border to Border (B2B).
 
“It’s important that we remind people that just putting on their seatbelt could save their life,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said.

Shuttle Service To Bandelier Begins Thursday May 17

on May 16, 2018 - 4:39pm
One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 17 to Oct. 17. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It's been a very busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. So busy that there's just not enough parking in the Frijoles Canyon parking areas near the Visitor Center! 
 
Shuttle service starts back up Thursday, May 17. As well, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and the Los Alamos County White Rock Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
 
The shuttles are free, have really big windows

NMDOT Releases Draft New Mexico Bike Plan And Will Host Public Meetings

on May 16, 2018 - 7:50am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – NMDOT has released the first draft of the Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan) on the project website and will be hosting three public meetings to share the draft.

Meeting times and dates:

Where: City of Santa Fe Railyard Offices, 500 Market Street, Suite 200 in Santa Fe
When: May 21, 2018
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
 
Where: County Commission Chambers, 845 Motel Bivd., in Las Cruces
When: May 15, 2018
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
 
Where: North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th S. NM in Albuquerque
When: May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

These meetings

From Paleontology To Pupfish ... Oddities Of White Sands Win Second Annual Pitch Competition

on May 15, 2018 - 2:34pm
Courtesy photo
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department hosted its second annual Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” style pitching competition that brings tourism professionals from all over the state face-to-face with top-tier travel writers for the chance to win media coverage for their unique story idea.
 
“Building upon last year’s momentum, Travel Tank 2.0 was great,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.

PEEC: Three Days Exploring Geology Of Sierra Blanca

on May 14, 2018 - 8:56am
View of Sierra Blanca Peak from Lookout Mountain, one of the stops on an upcoming geology tour from PEEC and Fraser and Cathy Goff. These features form part of the roof of Three Rivers Stock. The tour will take place from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and explore the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff are offering an exciting three-day field trip to examine the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New

LAPS Teams Compete In National Science Bowl

on May 13, 2018 - 7:44am
Sponsers Kathy and Steve Boerigter and the LAHS team. Courtesy photo
 
Sponser Lindsey Fullop and the LAMS team. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Two teams of sharp students from Los Alamos Public Schools represented New Mexico at the National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., April 26-30.
 
After winning their respective regional competitions, both teams were awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition to go head-to-head with some of the best teams from around the US.
 
Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy

Transportation Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Today

on May 3, 2018 - 7:34am
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Transportation Board will meet  at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public
 
Agenda:
 
1. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
 
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
 
4. LIAISONS' REPORTS
 
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of the April 5, 2018 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Sriram Swaminarayan, Chair of the Transportation Board

6. OLD BUSINESS -Possible Action

7. NEW BUSINESS - Possible Action
Update - Airport Projects Presenters: Cameron Humphres, Airport Manager

Griggs: Headlamps In The Rain Forest

on May 3, 2018 - 6:34am
Photo by David Griggs
 
By David H. Griggs
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The pickup truck maneuvers slowly along the winding, rain slicked road. Towering Douglas-fir trees rise on the bordering hillsides. Across a narrow stream, headlamps peer through the tangled undergrowth covering the old car. Welcome to the Temperate Rain Forest in the Oregon Coast Range.
 
Most of us have heard of tropical rain forests. Images of humid jungles, howler monkeys, and lost civilizations spring to mind. But there are temperate rain forests, too. The largest temperate rain forest in the world is located here in

NMDOT Recognizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness

on May 2, 2018 - 5:06am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation recognized the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which runs throughout the month of May.
 
The Department encourages New Mexico drivers to share the road and look for motorcyclists as they travel the state’s roads and highways.
 
“It’s important that all motorists are always paying attention and on the lookout for motorcyclists,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said. “We want everyone to feel safe on New Mexico’s roads and highways and to always remember one look can save someone’s life.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham On FAA Reauthorization

on April 29, 2018 - 2:19am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement regarding the FAA Reauthorization that passed the House by 393-13 Saturday:

“Maintaining a modern, safe, and reliable aviation system is a priority of mine, and passing a long-term reauthorization of the FAA is critical to ensure that high quality airport infrastructure, security improvements, and consumer protections are available to all Americans.

“This reauthorization is also an economic driver that benefits urban and

New Mexico True: Summer Of The Mother Road

on April 28, 2018 - 5:26am
Courtesy photo
 
NMT News:
 
SANTA FE From its earliest days of designation in 1926, Route 66 revolutionized vehicular travel in the United States by providing an interregional link for travel out west.
 
Throughout the midcentury, urban dwellers took to the Route to experience an undiscovered part of America, now more accessible from the comfort of their own personal vehicle. From this era, the modern day road trip was born and millions of Americans got their first taste of the landscapes, culture and cuisine that set New Mexico apart from all other states along Route 66.
 
Today,

Spring Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on April 28, 2018 - 3:54am
Fort Selden Historic Site. Courtesy/NM Department of Cultural Affairs
 
Navajo and Mescalero Apache Gourd Dancers honoring their ancestors through a memorial song. Courtesy/NM Department of Cultural Affairs.
 
NMHS News:
 
New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a lot to offer the weekend of Mother’s Day. Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West at Fort Selden Historic Site Saturday or enjoy a gourd dance at the Fort Sumner Historic Site.
 
Take Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea at Fort Stanton Historic Site Sunday. 
 
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West
Fort

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